"Robotic Timber-Framed Incremental Housing" has been accepted to be presented at Rob|Arch 2018 (robarch2018.org) through the Rob|Arch 2018 Call for Videos.
More than 2 million people in Chile live in precarious housing conditions. The most successful housing policy ever carried out in this country since 1906 is the incremental self-build housing program. In the 1970s there was a worldwide housing program called “site and services”. The incremental self-build housing program introduced in Chile in 1990 is based on the site and services program. Since the 1990s the Chilean state has created and tried many different versions of the original incremental self-build housing model. In terms of the construction process, however, the expansion of a starter core shelter toward a house consolidation and its flexible adaptation to the livelihoods and life cycle changes of their occupants, remains not quite solved. A small innovation may offer true expansion flexibility to the housing process. The video shows a proof of concept of robotic manufacturing and manual assembly of a timber-framed incremental housing prototype with demountable members that was carried out in August 2018. Professor Luis Felipe González offers an insight into the ten-day experience of milling all of the structural members with an industrial robot and mounting them by hand without any metal fastener.
L.F. González, F. Quitral, C. Guentelican, C. León
University: Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María